There are days, sometimes weeks, when I just don’t want to workout. Sometimes it’s because I’m having a super busy week, sometimes it’s because my body is physically exhausted, and sometimes it’s because a new show was released on Netflix and I have to watch every single episode before I move off the couch. Whatever the reason, I really try to listen to my body when this happens. If I’m busy, usually taking a 30 minute break for a sweat session will give me an extra boost of productivity. New show on Netflix? I’ll let myself watch 2 -3, then I MUST move for 30 minutes. Body exhausted? Rest or gentle activity.
Last week was one of those weeks; every movement felt like I weighed 50lbs. heavier. I had some unplanned rest days, but they were just what my body needed.
On Monday, I felt great! I worked out as usual, had a boost of energy in my yoga classes, and checked things off my to-do list that had been accumulating for weeks.
- Ran 2 miles to the gym.
- Worked on deadlifts, 5 sets of 5 at 135#.
- 21-15-9 of cleans (65#) and dips.
- Crawled 2 miles home.
Tuesday, the fatigue set in. I felt it from the minute I woke up. Normally I have an abundance of energy when I first get out of bed, but not Tuesday. I went straight from bed, to the couch, to the coffee maker. It took me 45 minutes to start moving. I didn’t even feel a little bit guilty taking the day to rest.
Tuesday – unexpected rest day
I still wasn’t feeling like myself on Wednesday. Since I rested on Tuesday, I thought my body would benefit from some movement. I did a quick 20 minute workout using light weight. I felt like I was moving through sludge, you can see it in the number of rounds I completed in those 5 minutes.
5 min AMRAP (As many rounds as possible)
1st set– 3 rounds + 10 burpees
- 10 burpees
- 10 DB Thrusters 15#
2nd set– 4 rounds
- 10 KB swings 30#
- 10 KB sumo high pull 30#
3rd set– 5 rounds + 5 rows
- 10 DB rows 20#
- 10 dips
Then 3 rounds of 20 back extensions and 20 decline leg raise
Thursday – unexpected rest day
A little light movement was just the ticket.
Friday – Gentle Yoga
I woke Saturday with a little pep in my step. I set off on a short run to the gym, and quickly realized I didn’t have my mojo back yet. I ended up running about half way and walking half way. I went lighter with my weights, but whew! it was hard. Especially the squats. 45# isn’t very heavy for a backsquat, but holding it at the bottom for a 3 count?! My legs were on fire.
- Ran/walked 2 miles to the gym
Then 3 rounds:
- 20 squats (held at the bottom for a 3 count) – 45#
- 10 pull-ups
- 20 straight leg dead-lifts – 45#
- 15 dips (with added 25#)
- 10 bicep curls – 20#/15#
- 10 shoulder press – 45#
- 10 Russian Twists – 25# plate
Walked 2 miles home with a Starbucks Iced Americano in hand.
Sunday – Rest day. I did get in the pool that evening and swam laps for about 20 minutes. It was perfect.